Experiment each week using the ‘inkblot test’ as a starting point to create some unexpected art.
Beginning as a method of psychological evaluation, the Rorschach inkblot test has greatly influenced popular culture and continues to inspire contemporary visual artists, such as Matthys Gerber.
Week one: Ink and paint blot paintings experimenting with shape, colour and scale to see how these composition elements effect our interpretation of abstract designs.
Week two: Re-work inkblot images to add pictorial content through the medium of drawing, painting and collage material. Evoke landscapes or a figures within the abstract images.
Week three: The art of folding, doubling and cropping in order to make representational images abstract. Work with paper collage, ipads as well as 'point and shoot cameras’ to look at the potential of kaleidoscopic effects of digital image augmentation.
Week four: Experiment with sound using the techniques of the Rorschach ink blots to transform recognizable sounds and songs into abstract, evocative soundscapes. Reversing, repeating, distorting tempo and pitch, this weeks workshop looks at the tension that exists between the explicit and senses beyond sight.
Week five: Revisit the simplicity of working with ink and paper. Take home an original piece of art created with your own hands. Stick to the integrity of black-on-white or let loose with our generous selection of coloured inks!
Thurs in Oct, 5.30–6.30pm
Creative Studios, National Centre for Creative Learning
Image: Matthys Gerber, Monitor, 2008, oil on cotton, image courtesy and © the artist, Monash University Collection, purchased 2008